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The Clean Cut: Seattle dad transforms driveway into life-sized Diagon Alley
Left to right, Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." - photo by Lottie Peterson Johnson
SALT LAKE CITY How long does it take to create Diagon Alley?

For Seattle native Jonathan Chambers, the answer to that question is 17 days.

About a month ago, Chambers opted to take a break from his tech industry job so he could spend more time with his two young daughters and create their ideal playhouse the magical shopping district from the Harry Potter series known as Diagon Alley.

According to, Chambers designed storefronts for Ollivanders Wand Shop, Quality Quidditch Supplies and Flourish and Blotts Bookshop on one side of his driveway and recreated Magical Menagerie, Madam Malkins Robes for All Occasions and Eeylops Owl Emporium on the other side.

With the help of friends and neighbors, Diagon Alley came to life in 17 days just in time for nearly 3,000 trick-or-treaters to experience the magic for Halloween.

But the project is far from over.

Chambers told Today that he plans to add a Gringotts Wizarding Bank and a Leaky Cauldron pub in December so that he can keep the dispay open through Christmas. Watch Diagon Alley come to life here.
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